Thursday, April 11, 2019
Full reading – John 17:1-26
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Reflection: Jesus prayed for all who will believe, and that includes you. How does that feel?
As I read this passage of John 17, one word jumps out. That word is UNITY. In this prayer, Jesus prays for oneness of believers in heart, mind, purpose, and relationship with Himself, to mirror the relationship which He has with The Father. In this oneness, Believers are to reflect and share the message and image of God’s love to everyone. As we read the entire Chapter, we get a glimpse of the love of Jesus for His disciples. They are the ones who witnessed His Ministry first hand, believed in Him, loved Him, learned from Him, and took up His call for the Gospel. Here in verse 20, Jesus’ shifts His prayer to pray for unification amongst believers in Himself, and to present His image and His Gospel Message to the world. “For God so loved the world that HE GAVE”!!! (John 3:16) and you know the rest!
Father, God, thank you for loving us, and for the image in which you created us. I pray that you continue to fashion us in your likeness so that our hearts, minds and souls reflect the relationship that will allow us (by your declaration) to be called Sons and Daughters in YOUR family. Amen.